“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu said that a long time ago, along with a lot of other really great things that I remind myself of whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed with the craziness that is life. This particular quote is a great way to encourage that moment on the precipice of something new and different, and a reminder that, if you want to get anywhere, you’ve got to take that first step.
I also like to think of it as a reminder that a journey of a thousand miles is taken in steps, and sometimes those steps are going to be small. …Most of them, actually.
Right now, small steps describes my writing career perfectly. In a few days, I’m taking off for Atlanta to do some corporate training for the Real Job, and everyone’s talking about how the next promotion is right around the corner. It’s retail management, which is pretty involved and hands-on and that doesn’t leave too much time for my writing anymore. Not having my own computer right now doesn’t help much with blogging and networking, either.
I wish I wasn’t so impatient. I know that I’ll eventually make that thousand mile journey even with these tiny steps, but I wish I could get on with things much quicker. I’ll just have to stop for a moment when I feel the itch of the hare, close my eyes, and channel the tortoise instead.
Not only does slow and steady win the race, but just think of how many more of those thousand miles you can appreciate with smaller, tinier steps. It’s taking me longer to write now, but I know I’m enjoying it even more now because I appreciate being able to write now that I can’t do it as much.
Which are you, a tortoise or a hare? How far along are you on your thousand mile journey, or have you yet to take that first step? What are you waiting for?